Greater Manchester


Developed by Groundwork Greater Manchester as part of the IGNITION project, Eco- Streets supports communities to transform unused outdoor areas into exciting green spaces which feature nature-based-solutions that help alleviate climate change.

A previous project in Old Trafford used 328 planters, 3327 plants and 142 bird houses.

Community projects so far

Early in 2021, we ran a competition with IGNITION and We Love Manchester to support 4 community groups in Greater Manchester to develop an Eco-Street, which each group receiving £6,000 worth of funding too.

We were pleased to receive over 200 expressions of interest in the competition and 45 entries; evidence that there is a huge passion for greener streets across Greater Manchester.

Here’s an introduction to the four groups who won the funding and what their plans are for their spaces:

The Ginnel Garden, Stockport

Pigeon Park, Longsight, Manchester

Blooming Amazing Community Alley, Stretford, Trafford

Boscombe Street Re-Greening, Moss Side

Create your own Eco-Street!

If you’re a community group and would like to transform your space into an Eco-Street, start by taking a look at some of the amazing mood boards created by community groups in the 2021 Eco-Streets competition:


Once you have some ideas, take a look at these helpful ‘How To’ guides which explain how to install various nature-based solutions in your space:

Make your own – Living Wall

Make your own – Green Roof

Make your own – Rain Garden Planter

Make your own – Mini Forest

Prepare a plan for your space which includes how you will fund, create and maintain your space. Don’t forget to check the Land Owners permission before starting any work.

Please share your ideas and progress about your Eco-Streets project in our Facebook Group: Greening Greater Manchester as we’d love to see them and it’s a great way to inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

Sponsor an Eco-Streets

If you work with a community in Greater Manchester who would benefit from an Eco-Streets transformation, please get in touch to discuss how Groundwork can support your project’s delivery.

A small sponsorship fee provides the capital funds for the project plus the support from Groundwork’s Landscape Architects and Community Enablers to equip the community with the skills to design, install and maintain natural features which will create vibrant, green community spaces which benefit local people while tackling climate change.   

Key project outcomes include:

  • A diverse range of people are engaged in conversations about climate change and the benefits of natural solutions
  • Residents develop new skills in creating and maintaining small scale environmental improvements
  • A range of small scale nature based solutions (NBS) installed in agreed space/s and residents’ gardens.

In addition, we have a number of community projects across Greater Manchester who are looking for corporate sponsors to make their project a reality. If you’re looking for a ready-to-go project which supports local communities and involves your staff team through volunteering activities, this is a perfect way businesses can bring their social value policy to life.

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